49 Then Jacob called for his sons and said: “Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come.(B)
2 “Assemble(C) and listen, sons of Jacob; listen to your father Israel.(D)
3 “Reuben, you are my firstborn,(E) my might, the first sign of my strength,(F) excelling in honor,(G) excelling in power. 4 Turbulent as the waters,(H) you will no longer excel, for you went up onto your father’s bed, onto my couch and defiled it.(I)
5 “Simeon(J) and Levi(K) are brothers— their swords[a] are weapons of violence.(L) 6 Let me not enter their council, let me not join their assembly,(M) for they have killed men in their anger(N) and hamstrung(O) oxen as they pleased. 7 Cursed be their anger, so fierce, and their fury,(P) so cruel!(Q) I will scatter them in Jacob and disperse them in Israel.(R)
8 “Judah,[b](S) your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck(T) of your enemies; your father’s sons will bow down to you.(U) 9 You are a lion’s(V) cub,(W) Judah;(X) you return from the prey,(Y) my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness—who dares to rouse him? 10 The scepter will not depart from Judah,(Z) nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,[c] until he to whom it belongs[d] shall come(AA) and the obedience of the nations shall be his.(AB) 11 He will tether his donkey(AC) to a vine, his colt to the choicest branch;(AD) he will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes.(AE) 12 His eyes will be darker than wine, his teeth whiter than milk.[e](AF)
13 “Zebulun(AG) will live by the seashore and become a haven for ships; his border will extend toward Sidon.(AH)
14 “Issachar(AI) is a rawboned[f] donkey lying down among the sheep pens.[g](AJ) 15 When he sees how good is his resting place and how pleasant is his land,(AK) he will bend his shoulder to the burden(AL) and submit to forced labor.(AM)
16 “Dan[h](AN) will provide justice for his people as one of the tribes of Israel.(AO) 17 Dan(AP) will be a snake by the roadside, a viper along the path,(AQ) that bites the horse’s heels(AR) so that its rider tumbles backward.
19 “Gad[i](AU) will be attacked by a band of raiders, but he will attack them at their heels.(AV)
20 “Asher’s(AW) food will be rich;(AX) he will provide delicacies fit for a king.(AY)
21 “Naphtali(AZ) is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns.[j](BA)
22 “Joseph(BB) is a fruitful vine,(BC) a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches(BD) climb over a wall.[k] 23 With bitterness archers attacked him;(BE) they shot at him with hostility.(BF) 24 But his bow remained steady,(BG) his strong arms(BH) stayed[l] limber, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob,(BI) because of the Shepherd,(BJ) the Rock of Israel,(BK) 25 because of your father’s God,(BL) who helps(BM) you, because of the Almighty,[m](BN) who blesses you with blessings of the skies above, blessings of the deep springs below,(BO) blessings of the breast(BP) and womb.(BQ) 26 Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than[n] the bounty of the age-old hills.(BR) Let all these rest on the head of Joseph,(BS) on the brow of the prince among[o] his brothers.(BT)
27 “Benjamin(BU) is a ravenous wolf;(BV) in the morning he devours the prey,(BW) in the evening he divides the plunder.”(BX)
28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel,(BY) and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them, giving each the blessing(BZ) appropriate to him.
The Death of Jacob
29 Then he gave them these instructions:(CA) “I am about to be gathered to my people.(CB) Bury me with my fathers(CC) in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite,(CD)30 the cave in the field of Machpelah,(CE) near Mamre(CF) in Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field(CG) as a burial place(CH) from Ephron the Hittite.31 There Abraham(CI) and his wife Sarah(CJ) were buried, there Isaac and his wife Rebekah(CK) were buried, and there I buried Leah.(CL)32 The field and the cave in it were bought from the Hittites.[p](CM)”
33 When Jacob had finished giving instructions to his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed, breathed his last and was gathered to his people.(CN)
50 Joseph threw himself on his father and wept over him and kissed him.(CO)2 Then Joseph directed the physicians in his service to embalm his father Israel. So the physicians embalmed him,(CP)3 taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.(CQ)
4 When the days of mourning(CR) had passed, Joseph said to Pharaoh’s court,(CS) “If I have found favor in your eyes,(CT) speak to Pharaoh for me. Tell him,5 ‘My father made me swear an oath(CU) and said, “I am about to die;(CV) bury me in the tomb I dug for myself(CW) in the land of Canaan.”(CX) Now let me go up and bury my father;(CY) then I will return.’”
6 Pharaoh said, “Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear to do.”
7 So Joseph went up to bury his father. All Pharaoh’s officials(CZ) accompanied him—the dignitaries of his court(DA) and all the dignitaries of Egypt—8 besides all the members of Joseph’s household and his brothers and those belonging to his father’s household.(DB) Only their children and their flocks and herds were left in Goshen.(DC)9 Chariots(DD) and horsemen[q] also went up with him. It was a very large company.
10 When they reached the threshing floor(DE) of Atad, near the Jordan, they lamented loudly and bitterly;(DF) and there Joseph observed a seven-day period(DG) of mourning(DH) for his father.(DI)11 When the Canaanites(DJ) who lived there saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “The Egyptians are holding a solemn ceremony of mourning.”(DK) That is why that place near the Jordan is called Abel Mizraim.[r]
12 So Jacob’s sons did as he had commanded them:(DL)13 They carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave in the field of Machpelah,(DM) near Mamre,(DN) which Abraham had bought along with the field(DO) as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite.(DP)14 After burying his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, together with his brothers and all the others who had gone with him to bury his father.(DQ)
Joseph Reassures His Brothers
15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge(DR) against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?”(DS)16 So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions(DT) before he died:17 ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins(DU) and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’(DV) Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.(DW)” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.(DX)
18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him.(DY) “We are your slaves,”(DZ) they said.
19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God?(EA)20 You intended to harm me,(EB) but God intended(EC) it for good(ED) to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.(EE)21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.(EF)” And he reassured them and spoke kindly(EG) to them.
The Death of Joseph
22 Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all his father’s family. He lived a hundred and ten years(EH)23 and saw the third generation(EI) of Ephraim’s(EJ) children.(EK) Also the children of Makir(EL) son of Manasseh(EM) were placed at birth on Joseph’s knees.[s](EN)
24 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die.(EO) But God will surely come to your aid(EP) and take you up out of this land to the land(EQ) he promised on oath to Abraham,(ER) Isaac(ES) and Jacob.”(ET)25 And Joseph made the Israelites swear an oath(EU) and said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones(EV) up from this place.”(EW)
26 So Joseph died(EX) at the age of a hundred and ten.(EY) And after they embalmed him,(EZ) he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.
Genesis 49:5The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
Genesis 49:8Judah sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for praise.
The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast(A)(B)
31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like(C) a mustard seed,(D) which a man took and planted in his field.32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”(E)
33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like(F) yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds[a] of flour(G) until it worked all through the dough.”(H)
34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.(I)35 So was fulfilled(J) what was spoken through the prophet:
“I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”[b](K)
The Parable of the Weeds Explained
36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable(L) of the weeds in the field.”
37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.(M)38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one,(N)39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest(O) is the end of the age,(P) and the harvesters are angels.(Q)
40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.41 The Son of Man(R) will send out his angels,(S) and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.(T)43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun(U) in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.(V)
The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like(W) treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.(X)
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like(Y) a merchant looking for fine pearls.46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
The Parable of the Net
47 “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like(Z) a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds(AA) of fish.48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away.49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous(AB)50 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.(AC)
51 “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.
“Yes,” they replied.
52 He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”
53 When Jesus had finished these parables,(AE) he moved on from there.54 Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue,(AF) and they were amazed.(AG) “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked.55 “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?(AH) Isn’t his mother’s(AI) name Mary, and aren’t his brothers(AJ) James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?56 Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”57 And they took offense(AK) at him.
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.”(AL)
58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
Morrinsville Baptist is a church of 250-300 people from all ages and all walks of life who live or work in and around Morrinsville, New Zealand. Our faith in Jesus Christ is our common bond, and we are committed to living by the values and principles taught by Jesus, as we actively promote his Kingdom through our shared life as a church as well as through our personal daily lives.